2019 Acura RDX earns Top Safety Pick Plus award

Interestingly, the base headlights are rated higher than the curve-adaptive beams on the most expensive trim.

The 2019 Acura RDX has earned a Top Safety Pick Plus award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The redesigned crossover has received across-the-board 'good' marks for driver- and passenger-side small overlap, moderate overlap, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. It has also landed a 'superior' rating for front-crash prevention and 'good' headlights.

Counterintuitively, the IIHS says the RDX's best-performing headlights are the LED projectors on the base model and midrange trims.

"The curve-adaptive headlights that come with the Advance trim — the most expensive of four available trim levels — are rated acceptable," the report notes.

The RDX joins several other TSP+ winners in the midsize luxury SUV segment including the BMW X3 and Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class and GLC.

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